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PETTY SESSIONS. Monday.—Before Major Birch (Chairman), Dr. Davies, Messrs. R. C. Enyon and T. Howes Roberts. SCHOOL CASE. Thomas Jones, Gemig Street, a bricklayer, was charged by William Evans, School At- tendance Officer, for neglecting to send his child to school. The officer stated that the child in question had only made one attendance out of a possible 98. There was no appearance on behalf of the defendant, who was fined 5s. including costs. POACHING. Henry Davies (alias Harry Fain'), Vale Road, Rhyl, was charged in custody with tres- passing in pursuit ot conies on the Kinmel estate, on the 15th of December, on the in. formation of William Owen, gamekeeper in the employ of Mr. Hughes, Kinmel. Defendant pleaded guilty. Mr. E. A. Crabbe, who appeared for the prosecution, stated that this man had been summoned to appear at the last court, but had neglected to do so, and had to be arrested on warrant to be brought into court. He asked that the defendant should be dealt with in an exemplary manner. The facts of the case were very simple. The gamekeeper Owen saw de- fendant with a gun in his possession walking over land in the occupation of Mr. Jones, on the Rhnddlan Marsh. Owen hid himself in an occupation road, and defendant got quite up to him, and the gun (produced) was found in his pocket. It was not suggested that defendant had killed any rabbits, but there was no doubt he would have done so had any come within his reach. The Chairman in inflicting a fine of 5a. and JE1 5s. costs said thao the bench had taken into consideration the fact that the defendant had not been before the court since 1886. It" as a pity that he had broken his record, but he would be treated as a first offender. In default of paying the fine and costs, de- fendant was removed to prison for 14 days. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Arthur Brown, Elwy Square, St. Asaph, was brought up on warrant, charged by Sergeant Pearson with being drunk and disorderly on Christmas Eve, at Lower Street, St. Asaph. Prisoner admitted the offence, and expressed hIS sorrow that it had occurred. Prosecutor said that he had had a great deal of trouble with prisoner, who was very dis- orderly, and had to be locked up. The Chairman remarked that it did not seem to be of any good to prisoner to punish him. He put everyone at defiance, and refused to appear in answer to the summons. There were 31 convictions recorded against him, and he had often been to gaol. They had decided to send him to prison for one month, and perhaps he would get tired of the way he carried on. ThomasDurcan, Denbigh Street, als -,brought up on warrant, was fined 5s. and costs for being drunk and disorderly on the 26th of December. RATS OR RABBITS. Philip Hughes, Penycob, and Thomas Brown, Elwy Sqnare, St. Asaph, were charged by Thomas King, keeper to Mr. Gossage, with trespassing in pursuit of conies on the Gwern- eigron land (occupied by Mr. Griffiths), on the 12th of January. Mr. Joseph Lloyd prosecuted, and Mr. John A. Lloyd defended. Thomas King stated that he saw the defend- ants in a field with two dogs hunting a fence and the Gwerneigron woods. They were to have been working with a thrashing machine at Gwerneigron on the day in question, but as it was wet they did not start until after dinner. He saw them about three hundred yards from the stack yard, and they started a rabbit. But when they saw him, defendants ran away, he called after them by name, but they took no notice. For the defence, it was submitted that these men were catching rats in the stack yard, and followed the vermin along the fence when the rabbit rose. They were not hunting, nor did they try to catch it. A letter was addressed to the Clerk by Mr. Griffiths, of Gwerneigron, but Mr. Joseph Lloyd objected to its production, unless Mr. Griffiths was put in the box. Philip Hughes, one of the defendants, was called, and said that he was engaged by Mr. R. E. Griffiths. Gwerneigron, to thrash, on Janu- ary 12th. It was too wet to work in the morn ing, and he asked Mr. Griffiths if he might bring his dog to kill rats. Mr. Griffiths gave him permission to kill rats in the stack yard, and they did so in his presence. Some of the vermin escaped, and they followed them up the fence. A rabbit was started, and a dog weot after it. He told Mr. Griffiths that he had been summoned, and he gave him a written authority to kill rats Cross-examined The authority was dated on the 4th of February. He was 70 yards away from the stack yard, and the letter said he was to kill rats in the stack yard. He ran away because he thought he appeared guilty to the keeper when the rabbit rose. He did not tell the keeper that they were killing rats. Mr. Griffiths did not pay him for working during that morning. This being the case, The Chairman observed that it was a pity Mr. Griffiuhs was not present in court to prove he defendants' case. The bench considered the case proved, but that it was a very trivial one, as there was a certain amount of temptation to these men on an idle day and with dogs in attendance. Mr. J. A. Lloyd said he could call Mr. Griffiths if the case were adjourned, but he left the case in their worships' hands. Defendants were fined 5s. each and 17s. 9d. costs, a previous conviction for a similar offence at the last court being recorded against them. YOUTHFUL TRESPASSERS. Owen Roberts, The Roe (16), John Blake (16), Felin Wynt, James Tomkinson (15), Denbigh Road, John Barlow (17), Elwy Place, Robert David Simon (17), The Roe, and Thomas Price (16), High Street, all of St. Asaph, were charged with having trespassed in pursuit of conies on land in the occupation of Mr. Jones, the Abbey Farm, Rhuddlan, on Sunday, Janu- ary 22nd. Mr. Joseph Lloyd was for the prosecution, and Mr. J. A. Lloyd for the defence. Mr. Joseph Lloyd, in stating the case, said that it would be remembered that on the day in question the fields adjoining the river were flooded, and that on those occasions rabbits were very easily caught by reason of the en- croachment of the water to their burrows and driving them out. The defendants were lads, and the prosecution desired that they should be warned now they were young that they had no right to do what they were doing, other. wise they might be led to go further. James White, keeper in the employ of Mr. Gossage, was called to prove the case. He de. posed to seeing the defendants on the highway between.Rhuddlan and St. Asaph, drawing two rabbits. They had two dogs with them, and after leaving the road they walked down the hedgerows searching for rabbits. He caught up with them on the railway, and asked Simon for the two rabbits he had in his possession. After getting the rabbits he asked the lads for their names, but they refused to comply with the request, and became very impertinent, Tomlinson being particularly bad. He'followed them for about a mile along the line, but did not get their names. Cross-examined: He did not say to the de- fendants that if they handed over the rabbits they would not be prosecuted. They claimed a right to the rabbits, because they had been taken on the highway, and said he could only prosecute them for trespass. He was sure he saw the defendants with the dogs hunting the hedges for rabbits. Mr. John Lloyd, for the defence, whilst ad- mitting that the lads had taken two rabbits from the hedgerow on the roadside, and for which they could not be legally punished, denied that the defendants were trespassing on the land on which they had been seen in pursuit of conies. The lads he defenaed were six of the brightest lads in St. Asaph. The Chairman Innocent babes (laughter). Mr. Lloyd (proceeding) said that the lads had only got on to the land in order to gab on the railway to see the extent of the flood. John Barlow, one of the defendants was called, and stated that he went to see the flood on the day in question at the Junction. On leaving St. Asaph he was without either dog or stick. On the way he met the other defendants who had a dog, By the Pengwern Lodge the dog went to the hedge of Mr. Lloyd's field. Mr. Jones' land was three fields off. When they got the rabbits some of the dc fendants suggested that they ought not to take them. but Simon said they had a perfect right to take them since they had got them on the highway. He denied what the keeper said about them being on the land in search of conies. They had seen the keeper before they went on to the field at all, and they only went on the field because the road was flooded up to the railway. In cross-examination, witness said they had declined to give their names because the keeper had told them he would not prosecute. The case was considered proved, and they were fined 6d. and 8s. 3d. costs each. The Chair- man expressed a hope that their appearance in court would be a warning to them.

BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

ST. ASAPH (FLINT) RURAL DISTRICT…

COUNTY COURT.